Abreu Tops USAC/POWRi/Badger Field At Angell Park
by Bryan Gapinski
Prairie, Wis., June 23-Rico Abreu took advantage of a caution flag with nine
laps remaining to win the 11th annual "Sue Thiel Memorial" Sunday
night at Angell Park Speedway. The
event was tri-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Midget, POWRi Lucas Oil
National Midget and Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget
paced the initial four laps of the feature before Tracy Hines took over the top
spot for two circuits. Fast qualifier
Caleb Armstrong passed Hines for the lead on lap 7 running the high groove.
Armstrong's engine began to misfire on lap ten and stalled while leading.
close battles throughout the top ten kept the attention of the large crowd.
Hines led Abreu, Darren Hagen, Andrew Felker, and Jerry Coons Jr. at the
midway point. A caution for a stalled car on Lap 21 bunched up the field.
On the restart Abreu took the lead
from Hines and open up a slight advantage. Hagen passed Hines for second place on
Lap 24, and chased Abreu for the remainder of the event. Abreu driving the Kunz-Curb-Agajanian No. 67
finished three-car lengths ahead of Hagen. Hines, Coons and Felker completed the top five.
"Angell Park is one of my favorite
tracks to race a midget, Keith Kunz and crew had the car perfect for me"
commented the 21-year old California driver. The win was his fifth career
midget feature victory, second at Angell Park and first in USAC National
Paderta scored a wire to wire victory capturing the 15-lap Badger 600 Micro
feature finishing ahead of Jason Dull, Matt
Paderta, Jason Tetrault and Vance Lein. Racing
at Angell Park continues Sunday Night June 30 with the Badger Midgets, Badger
600 Micros, and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends, followed by the traditional Fireworks
1. Rico Abreu, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Andrew
Felker, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Christopher
Bell, 10. Austin Brown, 11. Brad Kuhn, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Zach Daum, 14.
Brandon Waelti, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Mike Hess, 17. Jake Blackhurst, 18.
Dalton Armstrong, 19. Danny Stratton, 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Taylor Ferns, 22.
Scott Hatton, 23. Caleb Armstrong, 24. Chase Stockon.
12-lap Semi Feature
10-lap Heat Race Winners:
Ferns, Coons, Hatton.
Fast Time: C. Armstrong,
Cars Present: 27 Feature
Lap Leaders: Abreu 1-4, Hines 5-6, C. Armstrong 7-10, Hines 11-21, Abreu 22-30.
Feature: 1. Ben Paderta; 2. Jason Dull; 3. Matt Paderta; 4. Jason Tetrault; 5.
Vance Lein; 6. Preston Benisch; 7. Will Gerritis; 8. Jake Goeglein; 9. Norm
Ehrke; 10. Tory Strauss; 11. Chad Boar; 12. Dustin Stefan; 13. Brian Haugland.
Heat Race Winners: M. Paderta, Benisch.
Lap Leaders: B. Paderta 1-15.
BADGER 600 MICROS -Sycamore (Ill.) Speedway Saturday June 22
Feature: 1. Matt Paderta; 2. Chad Boar; 3. Jason Tetrault; 4. Ben Paderta; 5.
Will Gerritis; 6. Jason Dull.
Heat Race Winner: M. Paderta.
Feature Lap Leaders: Dull 1-2, M. Paderta 3-15
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